I recently found Studio H and Unprofessional Development. These are two parts of a project based teaching group that focuses on design. When I saw their "Ceiling as Site" project I immediately wanted to try it. I picked some of my favorite words from Richard Serra's list of beautiful words and drew up some designs in Illustrator which I lasercut into cardboard templates.
When I spray painted with my stencils there was some bleed and it doesn't look as clean as I would like. I think that with the class I will have them trace the design and then tape it off instead of spraying.
Additionally, I am good with illustrator, so it was easy for me to make the transformations that I did. I decided to make a step 1 where the class makes small laser cut displays as a practice before going big.
To ensure that the words don't look like garbage when mounted together there are some constraints or rules that I discovered while working on this myself.
1. Helvetica bold, lower case. For the first step they need to be 150pt, for the second part the minimum size is 900pt
2. Only one color is allowed per work. Nobody can use more that one color at a time.
I re did my original words because they were not expressive enough. Based on feedback from colleagues I decided to also use poetry of Pablo Neurda. Pulling verbs from poetry actually works well, and I want to provide the class with English and Spanish sources to choose from.